OTZ Shoes:
B.C. inspiration

otz-motorcycleSome new brands cause quite a stir here at doddsshoe.com, and OTZShoes is definitely one of them. What are they? They’re a casual, zero drop, minimalist shoe that provide tons of comfort, and come with ice-age inspiration. That’s right, the muse for this new brand is “Ötzi,” the iceman. Ötzi is a well-preserved mummy, dating back to about 3300BC. Why would he be inspirational to a California shoe company over 5000 years later? Ötzi was found wearing the oldest known pair of shoes.

 

 

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Very sophisticated for his time, Ötzi the iceman was found with shoes that were waterproof and insulated, ideal for walking across snow.

These shoes were remarkable considering the time period…they were actually waterproof, made of deer hide stitched to a wide bear skin sole, making them ideal for trekking across the snow. Internally, a woven net filled with dried grass and moss provided warmth and comfort, and functioned like modern socks. Ludo, the creative director of OTZ Shoes, heard about this find in 2005 and decided to take inspiration from those shoes, incorporate today’s trends and technologies, and the concept of OTZ shoes was born.

Some of that new technology is the patent pending CORKlite footbed.

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OTZ’s CORKlite footbed is featured in their classic OTZ300GMS style. This lightweight soft cork footbed is made from compression molded EVA, and wrapped in a 1.8mm cork casing. The EVA provides shock absorption and cushion with each step, and the cork provides antimicrobial properties that reduce bacterial build up so you can wear this style with or without socks. The 1.8mm suede lining helps wick away moisture, providing a healthy and dry environment. The CORKlite footbed also helps promote healthy posture and will eventually mold to the shape of your foot for a customized and cushioned ride.

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The OTZ300GMS provides the ultimate in casual comfort with a variety of uppers to match your lifestyle.

The OTZ300GMS style comes with the comfort of CORKlite, and a variety of different uppers.  The colorful Belize version features Belize cotton trim, inspired from Central American designs. All of the linen versions feature Italian made coarse linen that has been stone washed for a unique look and lightweight feel. For something a little bit more weather resistant, the waxed canvas upper is water resistant AND stain resistant thanks to the wax content, yet the canvas still keeps this version breathable. Whatever upper you choose, it is stitched directly to the outsole for increased durability and minimal use of glues.

OTZ300GMS fitting instructions

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Inspired from the past and crafted with today in mind, OTZShoes are a fun new addition to doddsshoe.com.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

The holiday season is upon us, and as much as I love shopping, gift buying can be overwhelming! Thank goodness I work in retail, right? I was able to find gifts for so many of my loved ones right here at doddsshoe.com.

First, my mom. She is a teacher and is on her feet chasing around kids all day, so I knew she’d appreciate something to slip into at the end of the day that would put a smile on her face and relieve some of the stress that builds up on her tired soles. Haflinger slippers were my immediate first instinct…but there are so many great options! The Charisma is so pretty and delicate with the flower appliques across the top, the Calypso is so fun and colorful (just like her!), but the Classic AS Slipper is always a good go-to.

But then I remembered her collection of giraffe figurines in our curio cabinet while growing up, and it hit me…the Jimmy! Who can resist that long neck and those adorable eyes? Perfect gift for Mom: check!

haflinger-jimmy-for-momNow for Dad…he’s tough sometimes. All I can remember him asking for are socks or a new tie. He never wants to ask for anything new, and will use everything he has until it is worn out completely. Like his snow boots for instance…he has owned the Sorel Caribou for as long as I can remember, and although they held up during the entirety of my education I think this will be the year to replace them. Luckily the Caribou has only made minor improvements in the last few DECADES, so I know he will still like these winter classics for years to come.

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My sisters were easy. My youngest one is stylish, trendy, and youthful…the perfect candidate for an awesome pair of Madden Girl boots. The colored back zippers are one of the hottest trends out there right now, and the Madden Girl Cactuss has the cool red zipper along with studs lining the sides for even more style.cactuss-for-sister

My other sister is bubbly and has a sparkling personality, and loves to stay comfortable and warm (when we were kids she would surround the floor heat vent with a blanket and just sit there and soak in the heat). I think the UGG Australia Classic Short Sparkles may have been made just for her…warm shearling lining and colorful sequins on the outside? Just right!sparkles-for-sister

And with that, my family is taken care of! Except for stocking stuffers of course.  I think my family almost looks forward to my Smartwool Stocking Stuffers more than my shortbread cookies…almost.

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Find gifts for everyone on your list using our Holiday Gift Guide, and let doddsshoe.com make holiday shopping easy!

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Sneaker Wedges:
The Ultimate “Cool-Girl Kicks”

sneaker-wedge-hilightIt’s a wedge! It’s a sneaker! It’s the ultimate casual shoe, the sneaker-wedge! Thanks to this new trend, your fashionista instincts can follow you from casual Friday to weekend hang-outs. Hi-top sneakers have always had a cool retro vibe, but they’ve also been a bit of a sacrifice since you lose those leg-lengthening inches that come from wearing heels. Let’s face it, being boosted up on a pair of heels is basically the equivalent to instantly losing 5 pounds. Especially for those of us who weren’t blessed in the height department, forgoing our heels can be tough. Luckily, now you can have them both!

 

 

 

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Miranda Kerr and Beyonce showing off their stylish mommy style and Dakota Fanning with a youthful take, all in trendy high-top sneaker wedges.

Celebs have eaten up this trend. Miranda Kerr and Beyonce both throw on a pair for some street-chic mommy style, while Dakota Fanning shows how youthful and versatile the shoes can be. Beyonce’s Isabel Marant pair can run upwards of $800…if that’s a little bit out of your price range, the Steve Madden Hilight ($95.95) and the Madden Girl  Hickorry ($54.95) are budget friendly (but just as fashionable!) alternatives.

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The Madden Girl Hickorry and the Steve Madden Hilight are more budget friendly ways to rock this cool trend.

sneaker-wedge-skirtsThose celebs paired their wedges with skinny pants and loose uppers which is great for fall. Another way to wear them is with a flirty a-line dress (like I did back in the warmer months) or a cute mini. I wore my Steve Madden Olympiaa sneaker wedges for a look that had a bit of a girly-punk vibe.

 

 

If your style is a bit more sporty/tomboy-chic, the Puma Sky Wedge might be just what you’re looking for. Puma describes the reason before this style as their “duty to engineer a high-collared heel with all the comfort and kick-a**-tastic looks to make smooth moves.” They did just that, and added extra-bold colors and the signature Puma form stripe down the side for a look that is about as street-chic as you can get.

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We love the way Puma advertised their Sky Wedge sneakers…”Carefully designed to combat tall people who stand at the front.” So true!

If you’re still not convinced, maybe you’ll take the advice from fashion police queen Joan Rivers, who called them what all the “cool girls” were wearing. During a recent episode of “Fashion Police,” this trend was discussed on the segment “Gotta Have It/Make It Stop.” Joan, Guiliana, and Kelly all said “Gotta Have It,” and George only said no because he thought they would become TOO popular. But if worn right and with confidence, we here at doddsshoe.com say sneaker wedges are the ULTIMATE cool-girl kicks, and we’ve GOTTA HAVE THEM!

Beginner Running Tips

Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, it can really benefit your overall health, both physical and mental. From raising levels of good cholesterol and increasing lung function, to boosting your immune system and preventing disease, to relieving stress and eliminating depression, the benefits of running seem endless. The hardest part about running is getting the motivation to just get out and do it, so here are a few running tips for beginners to make it just a little bit easier to take advantage of this awesome exercise.

Asics Kayano 18: the latest version of the legendary running shoe.

First things first: When you begin running, you need to get a really good pair of running shoes.  Without having good support and cushion, injuries such as shin splints, bad knees, or weak ankles can occur.  When I started running, I had really bad pain in my shins and it took me a couple of weeks to finally figure out that it was my shoes. I switched to Asics Kayano 18, and my shins thanked me immediately. The Kayano is gradually becoming a “legendary” shoe in the running community, and the 18th edition  lives up to its reputation with all around support and just that little bit of extra cushion for comfort.  These shoes are great for any terrain, including the road, trail, or track.

Another great running shoe is the lightweight and breathable  Brooks PureFlow.  The PureFlow is made to be more street specific, and comes in a variety of awesome colors for men, women, and kids. Just think; your whole family running around the neighborhood in a rainbow of different PureFlow shoes. Your neighbors will be saying “What a stylish and healthy family!” In hot weather, this shoe would be a great pick for its breathability and almost minimalist feel.

Brooks PureFlow Collection for men, women, and kids.

When you’ve found your perfect shoe and decide to start running, start slowly.  Don’t push yourself into running five miles the first day. Start out with about a mile and if that feels like a breeze, go up in distance the next time or switch to a faster pace.  If you want to

Nathan Hydration Products make sure your water levels are just right while on the go.

run longer distances, be sure to stay hydrated!  Take a Nathan water bottle holster to strap on while you are on your run. This way you won’t have to stop to take a water break, and you’ll have a place for essentials like your phone and keys.

One thing you need to do before and after you start your run is to stretch!  Loosen those hamstrings and calves with the Trigger Point Therapy Performance Kit and the Trigger Point revolutionary foam roller.  There have been a few days when I go out for a run and think I’ll be fine without stretching, and I ALWAYS regret it. Trust me, you will feel it in the morning! The performance kit comes with DVDs and lots of instructions to properly roll out your specific muscles.  You will be feeling much happier if you stretch before and after running. With these tips, you’ll soon be on your way to getting all the amazing benefits of running. Get the shoes, stretching advice, and athletic apparel you need to get started right here at www.doddsshoe.com.

The Perfect Shoe for “I Do”

A few years ago, I attended the outdoor wedding of one of my best friends. Summer dresses were required and I took plenty of time deciding on just the right one. What I didn’t  put enough consideration into was my shoe choice–mind you, this was before I started working for a shoe company.  As I stepped onto the damp lawn where the wedding took place, I knew my skinny heels were going to cause me problems. I was carful during the ceremony and made it through with out the predicted trouble. This good fortune, however, didn’t last through the reception. As I prepared myself for a night of dancing and dining around the reception area, my heel got stuck in a patch of mud and I lost my balance. Luckily the attention at the time was on the bride and groom so my mishap went largely unnoticed, but it has made me double and triple think my shoe choice for every wedding after that.  Whether it’s outdoor, indoor, formal or casual there’s a perfect shoe for them all.

Outdoor

Sofft Bijou Wedge

Steve Madden Tampaa

If it’s an outdoor wedding you’re attending, wedges or chunky heels are the way to go. They look classy and cute but you’re still able to walk around on the outdoor terrain without sinking into it. It can be hard to walk, let alone dance, in gravel and grass with a skinny heel. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t like to sit out any sort of dancing.  The Bijou by Sofft gives you the comfort of knowing you won’t get stuck in the soft soil, along with the comfort and style you need to look great on the dance floor all night long. The soft metallic upper and espadrille wedge give a perfect warm-weather dress look. Another great option would be the Steve Madden Tampaa Wedge. The strappy metallic upper gives a dressy style, and the wood-like wedge is nice and light, but thick enough to keep you sturdy.

 Indoor

Sofft Broadway Leopard

If it’s a more formal event, a comfortable pump will be in your best interest. A shoe like the Sofft Broadway will allow you to fit right in at the ceremony and feel comfortable dancing at the reception. It is also versaitle enough to wear to the office or out at night, so this definitely wouldn’t be a one-time-wear type of shoe. If you’re wearing a simple dress, a more noticeable shoe is can give a pop of style to your outfit. Try the Broadway in Leopard! Animal prints are still a big trend, so making a statement with your shoes is a great way to try out animal prints without going overboard. However, If you’re wearing an eye catching dress, go with a classic and simple shoe, like the Sofft Ramona or Ramona II. This way you’ll look great while keeping the attention on the lady in white.

Sofft Ramona II Black Patent

 High Heel Fit Tip: The last thing you want at the end of the night is to have to hold your shoes in your hand and stumble around barefoot on the dance floor because your feet hurt. By choosing a brand like Sofft, known for style AND comfort, you’ll be getting the famous comfortably padded Sofft footbed, and a shoe that looks as good as it feels. To find the proper heel height for you, we recommend standing on your tippy toes with the shoes in question on; if you can comfortably lift 1 inch off the ground, you’re good to go! If you can’t lift an inch off the ground, your feet will likely be tired and calves will be sore after a little bit of wear.

Fun in the Sun (and Water!)

What is the easiest way to cool off on a hot summer day? Play in the water! From running through the sprinklers at your local park, to sailing the seven seas, to whitewater rafting, summer water sports offer an excellent way to cool down on record-setting high temperature days. While enjoying the water, make sure you have an appropriate shoe to stay secure on your foot and provide the protection you need.

For those of us that don’t get TOO adventurous on our days at the water, a quick water shoe, boat shoe, or sandal may be just right.

Water Shoes

With drain-like holes and wet surface gripping siping on the sole, the Columbia Drainmaker is a great water shoe. Did we mention the quick drying mesh uppers?

Columbia has come out with some wonderful water shoes that give you the look of a sneaker. For men, we carry a couple color schemes in the Powerdrain and for women, we carry Powerdrain, in addition to the  Drainmaker and the Drainsock–which offers a slip-on style with no laces. Each of these shoes provides incredible breathability with a mesh upper; add in the drain-like holes and siping on the bottom and your shoes will not only dry in no time but also maintain great traction on wet surfaces!

 

Find out more about the Columbia Drainmaker collection:

Sperry Top Sider boat shoes are an undisputed American summer staple.

Boat Shoes
If sailing the seven seas (or even just the lake closest to your house) is something that you had in mind for your summer days, Sperry Top-Sider is the brand to look to for a shoe that is not only extremely stylish, but also quite functional. If you’ve been reading our blog posts up to this point, you may remember a few of these styles featured back in March with a fashion watch on classic nautical styles coming back in vogue, and not just for sailors! These shoes are available for both men and women and offer “wave-siping” on the sole, (to help to release water with every step), water-resistant leather uppers, and 360-degree boat lacing systems for a secure fit. These classic boat shoes have been around for decades (with a few modern updates), so you can be sure that with a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in your wardrobe, you’ll never have to worry about your shoes becoming out-dated.

Water-Ready Sandals
Although summer may seem like the perfect opportunity to pull out your many pairs of basic flip-flops, if you’re going to be spending any time in water, you may want to consider something with a heel strap to keep your shoes on your feet. The last thing you want to see floating off into the ocean sunset is your favorite pair of flip-flops!

 

Chaco is a brand with several styles of sandals that will stay on your feet even in the strongest of currents. Men, women, and children can rely on these sandals with a secure and customizable fit with the adjustable strap and traction on even wet surfaces with both the Chaco Vibram Yampa and Unaweep outsoles. The Z/1 sandal offers Chaco’s standard criss-cross fit with wide straps while the Z/2 sandal offers the same wide straps with an additional piece to hold onto your big toe! The ZX/1 and ZX/2 sandals offer the same criss-cross patterns, but with two thinner straps along the length of the shoe instead of one thick strap. Any of these Chaco styles will let you feel well prepared when playing in the water, and they will also all get you closer to the undeniable summer staple, the “Chaco Tan Line!”

There is no mistaking the summer classic Chaco Tan Lines!

More Than Your Ordinary Sandal
When you start to get a little more serious with your water activities, like whitewater rafting, you may want a little more protection for your toes than a typical sandal can offer. If this sounds like you, consider the Keen Newport. Again, these shoes are available for men, women and children, but in addition to a strap across the heel, they provide you with Keen.Protect–Keen’s patented rubber toe guard, protecting you from any unseen threats for potentially stubbed toes! Another great thing about the Newport is the elastic cord lacing system which is not only quick and easy, but also guarantees a secure fit. Each version of this shoe provides you with either a waterproof nylon or leather upper giving you a very quick-drying sandal.

If you’re looking for something a little less claustrophobic for your feet, you may want to consider the Keen Venice (available for both men and women) which provides all the same technology with fewer straps.

No matter what your summer water activity, you definitely want to be sure that you are not going to lose your footing–or your shoe! You can find the shoe that suits your summer cool-off needs right here at Dodds Shoe Co.

 

4th of July:
Find the perfect BBQ shoes

“No taxation without representation!” That was the battle cry of the American colonies while fighting for independence from England. These days, our 4th of July cries are more like “We’re out of brats, someone go to the store!” America’s independence is a time for celebration, fireworks displays, and good old fashioned BBQ’s. When spending time outside this summer, everyone wants to be comfortable and look good. During the 4th of July, what better way to show your pride in the U.S. of A than by sporting red, white, and blue from head to toe?

REDS:

Red shoes have been a closet staple ever since Dorothy trekked across Oz in those ruby red slippers. Not everyone can pull off a pair of glittery pumps like Dorothy can, but red patent leather heels have a place in every girl’s wardrobe. The Red Patent Sofft Ramona is a closet staple. American Sweetheart Reese Witherspoon shows off an adorable 4th-of-July-ready look in her latest movie “This Means War:” a cute navy sundress paired with some red patent leather heels.

In “This Means War,” Reese Witherspoon sports a navy sundress with red patent heels: a perfectly patriotic and adorable look! Get the look with the Sofft Ramona.

For those of you looking for a more classic BBQ look, try the TOMS University Classic in Red. This shoe has a summery espadrille sole, and a breathable fabric upper, perfect for hanging out on warm days.

 

Another cool, all-American classic summer look is the Converse All Star sneaker. Lauren Conrad sports a red pair with jeans, a white tee, and blue and red jackets. Perfect for patriotic summer travel!

BLUES:

Elvis may have made blue suede shoes a huge trend, but just like blue jeans, blue and navy shoes can complete any outfit with ease. From baby blues to navy blues, complete any outfit with a cool blue pair of shoes.

The Sperry Top Sider Angelfish, Born Sitton, and Dansko Veda show blue is cool in all shades.

WHITES:

4th of July and summer BBQ’s are the perfect times to wear white. After Memorial Day and before Labor Day (although that’s not necessarily a “rule” anymore), whites give a bright and summery vibe.

Be bright in white with the Born Yancy, the Sofft Spezia, and the Wolky Liana.

SURPRISE: Bottle Opener on the bottom of the Reef Fanning.

For the men out there who don’t like to color code to the holidays, we’ve got the perfect BBQ shoe for you too. The Reef Fanning is as comfortable as it is good looking, and any guy who wears it will be a BBQ crowd pleaser: the sole has a built in bottle opener, so the good times can keep flowing until the fireworks start.

Enjoy the BBQ weather in style with a little bit of help from all of us here at www.doddsshoe.com.

Stay Cool in the Rising Summer Heat!

“Stay Cool” isn’t just an old 70’s term.  With temperatures reaching record highs in the Spring, we can expect this summer to be a scorcher. It’s time to start thinking about ways to stay comfortable and cool in your shoes.  While flip flops and sandals are an obvious choice when it comes to keeping our feet cool and happy, many of us have jobs and hobbies requiring something more. Safety toe boots, dress shoes, hiking boots, and walking shoes are often a necessary part of our daily lives, and the wrong choice of shoes can make the summer heat unbearable. Fortunately, we have some helpful tips to keeping your feet cool and dry:

  1. Alternate shoes.  Switching out the shoes you wear at least every other day is

    Alternating between different pairs of shoes every day helps keep feet cool and comfortable, while eliminating odor.

    the best way to keep your feet cool and dry.  This may sound like a clever sales pitch to sell two pair of shoes, but we’ve got science to back it up! Consider this:  The average pair of feet have 250,000 sweat glands, and these glands can produce up to 8 ounces of water every day! That’s as much as a recommended average glass of water–thirsty? Most of this moisture is absorbed into your shoes, and when you take your shoes off and throw them in the closet, they don’t have time to completely dry out before wearing them again the next morning. Putting your foot in a wet shoe first thing in the morning is a recipe for discomfort. Built up moisture can make shoes deteriorate faster, and the moist environment also contributes to intensified shoe and foot odor. Alternating shoes allows the footwear to dry completely, thus creating a more comfortable (and less smelly) environment. It also helps your footwear last longer, saving you money in the long run! If you can’t alternate your shoes every other day, you can take the insoles out at the end of the day to help the shoes dry faster.

  2. Ventilate.  Many of today’s modern shoes designs allow air to pass through the shoes to keep feet dry. Air movement is key to keeping you cool and dry, so look for

    Mesh panels lend to breathability, helping the Merrell Moab Ventilator live up to its name.

    shoes with key words like “ventilate,” “breathability,” and “air mesh.”  For example, the Merrell Moab Ventilator has lots of mesh in the upper to allow your foot to breathe. Ventilation is great in the summer, but remember that high ventilation usually means that you’ll get wet faster in the rain or dewy grass.  Fortunately, if your ventilated shoes get wet, they will typically dry faster too.

  3. Moisture wicking materials.  For those of you with jobs requiring a more professional look, some companies have developed moisture wicking technology to add to casual or dress styles. There’s a plethora of moisture wicking materials built in to shoes today.  Materials like Cambrelle and Climasphere are specifically designed for temperature and moisture regulation.  This isn’t just built in to work boots, but dress shoes too. Take the men’s Ecco Atlanta for example. Ecco’s  Comfort Fibre system is on the bottom of their removable leather insoles and is designed to pull moisture away from the foot.  This not only helps keep your feet dry, but also helps the shoes dry faster.  Clarks has developed the Unstructured Line of shoes, featuring the company’s Air Circulation System (ACS). Considered “fresh air for your feet,” ACS increases airflow with intake vents built into the sole which bring in fresh air, and exhaust vents throughout the shoe to expel moist, warm air. The result? Better airflow, and a comfortable and dry foot environment!

    The Clarks Unstructured Line features ACS (Air Circulation System), resulting in better airflow for your feet.

  4. Less is better (sometimes).  Many shoe companies tout the fact that their waterproof materials are breathable.  We agree that most of them are, but the more layers you put in a shoe, the more they retain heat. If they are keeping out water, they are more likely to keep in heat. We recommend avoiding waterproof membranes if your goal is to stay cool.  If you must have a waterproof shoe or boot, you should purchase one with a breathable membrane (like Gore-Tex), but try to find a light weight one that has some ventilation like the waterproof version of the Merrell Moab Ventilator.

If you follow these tips, you should find much more comfort in those dog days of summer. So get out and enjoy the heat with the help from all of us at doddsshoe.com!

Color Blocking Guide for Spring/Summer 2012

Every year it seems when the temperature goes up, the color palette broadens. For Spring/Summer 2012, however, it seems color is making a bigger statement than usual. Hot neon tones and monochrome outfits have been seen all over the runway, but the trend that is overtaking them all is color blocking.

Pop stars Rihanna and Katy Perry embrace the color blocking trend from head to toe...hair included. Pippa Middleton takes a subtle approach to the trend.

Color blocking takes one or more solid, bold color to make an outfit really pop. You can take this trend literally from head to toe like Rihanna or Katy Perry, with bold colored hair to top the outfit off. Or you can start simple with just one pop of color surrounded by neutrals like Pippa Middleton, sporting a black skirt with a solid stripe of green, combined with a white shirt, and a neutral tote and peep-toe heels. The result is visually striking, but relatively simple by following a few simple suggestions:

1.  Refer to your handy-dandy color wheel. The key to color blocking is complimenting, not clashing. Complimentary colors are opposite each other on thewheel. For example, blue and orange are complimentary colors, and look impeccable on Victoria Beckham. It’s also nice to pair colors that are right next to each other like red and pink or red and purple. Emma Stone shows this off in an adorable peplum-adorned red and pink frock. Both Beckham and Stone finish off their looks with a classic and neutral colored pump.

Victoria Beckham and Emma Stone use neutral shoes to balance the bright colors.

The Steve Madden Traisie would be perfect to complete either of these looks!


2.   Don’t go overboard with a variety of textures. This trend plays off the minimalist movement, so don’t go mixing colored lace with animal prints…unless you are VERY confident in your eye for mixing and matching! In general, choose solid fabrics, no patterns, and un-fussy silhouettes.

The Duchess of Cambridge shows how a good pair of colored jeans easily transitions from casual to classy

 

 

3.   Invest in a pair of colored jeans. Bright colored jeans are SO big this year. They can be casual, combined with a matching pair of Converse sneakers, or throw on a blazer and some pumps and be ready for a more formal occasion. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, shows how versatile a pair of salmon skinny jeans can be by looking regal in the jeans and a blazer and pumps, then joins in some field hockey after switching to some sneakers and a hoody.

 

 

4.   Make the most of your accessories.  As many of these celebs have shown, adding a neutral shoe or handbag can help your look focused and put together. However, don’t be afraid to use a brightly colored shoe as PART of the color blocking. The Sofft Garde is a two-piece, peep-toe pump, that has color-blocking built in! Starting with the accessories is a good way to get a few key color blocking pieces in your wardrobe so you can see if you want to invest more in the trend or not.

Color Block with your shoes!

Color blocking can look good on all shapes by hiding parts you don’t like and emphasizing parts you love most.  It can be done with neutrals, jewel tones, or even neons. With a relatively keen eye for color, you can achieve high-fashion looks with minimal effort.  Give the color blocking trend a go, and don’t forget to finish off your outfit with a fabulous pair of shoes from www.doddsshoe.com!

Espadrilles: Roping their way into Spring 2012 fashions

As the sun starts shining more and more, it’s time to get your summer shoes out of the closet. There’s a good chance that one pair of those shoes is some sort of espadrille, be it wedge or be it flat, because espadrilles have been a staple in warm weather wardrobes for centuries. Yes, centuries. From humble beginnings 700 years ago, espadrilles have evolved from peasant footwear in the Pyrenees to essential items for Hollywood Golden Girls, to modern all-around leisure “shoes of the shore.”

Classic Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly brought espadrilles back to the fashion forefront.

Classic screen sirens like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly brought espadrilles back in Hollywood’s Golden Era, bringing an easy elegance to the classic jute/rope wrapped shoe. Part of the appeal of these shoes is their versatility. Wedge styles can easily be paired with some cute shorts, a summer dress, or casual capris.

 

Style icon Jennifer Aniston shows just how versatile a pair of espadrille wedges can be.

Modern movie star and style icon Jennifer Aniston showcases all of these options, paired with an espadrille wedge from Stuart Weitzman. Get her look for (a lot) less with the Indigo by Clarks Sky Pocomo wedge. You’ll get the versatile ankle-wrap espadrille style at about a fraction of the cost, from a brand known for comfort.

the Indigo by Clarks Sky Pocomo wedge gives Jen Aniston's ankle wrap style at a more affordable price.

Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson look summer-ready in casual cool espadrille style.

For a more casual look, get back to the basics. In the 14thcentury, espadrilles were made with a cotton or canvas upper and a flexible sole made of rope. This style is still alive and kicking, as shown in the casual cool looks of Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. You can achieve this casual elegance with the Blowfish Smara or the Fossil Elway Flat.

 

Blowfish Smara and Fossil Elway Flat espadrilles, available at doddsshoe.com

Kate Middleton shows off the elegance of espadrilles.

 

 

From casual to elegant, we look to Kate Middleton who pairs a flowy blue dress and blazer with an espadrille wedge with a patent leather upper. Sofft has a long line of dressier espadrilles for Spring 2012, all worthy of the Duchess of Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

Sofft Spring 2012 Espadrille Styles

Versatility and comfort are the keys to this spring favorite’s longevity. Wedge styles are a more comfortable and laid-back version of the classic pump which goes with just about anything, while the timeless flat style doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. If the style is good enough for the Hollywood elite, English royalty, and historical icons like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, espadrilles are one style your spring wardrobe cannot be missing! Find the perfect style for you at doddsshoe.com.